Rights

We all have rights, but it can be hard to stand up for them if we don’t know what they are. Do we have the right to information about sex? Do people have to ask before they touch us? Do doctors have to keep our conversations with them private? Do two people have the right to date if they both say yes but a family member or staff disagrees with their decision? Do people have the right to have children if they want them? Can someone tell us we’re not allowed to be gay? What if someone wants to date us but we’re not sure how we feel about them? Who can we ask about this stuff?

Let’s have a conversation!

Videos

What is Confidentiality?

If someone is talking about our care plan, or our medical records, they may tell us that the information is ‘confidential’. But what does ‘confidential’ mean? If we went to a clinic to talk to a doctor or nurse, would that conversation be confidential?

Resources

VCHA Guide to Supporting Sexual Health and Intimacy in Care Facilities

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority published a pocket guide detailing how to support the sexuality of folks living in care facilities.

Talking to People With Learning Disabilities About Sex

For a while now people have been asking for a short pamphlet on this topic for families and staff.

Sensual Solutions

Intimacy coaches who have experience providing services for people with disabilities.

1-800-SEX-SENSE Line

A free, anonymous telephone and email info hotline where you can ask any question about sex.

Options For Sexual Health

British Columbia’s largest sexual health nonprofit, with lots of info and services on their website.

Scarleteen

A sexuality and relationships website for teens and emerging adults.

Youth Clinics

Friendly spaces for youth, often offering: free contraception, STI testing & treatment, pregnancy testing & general sexual health info.

All-Vulvas-Are-Beautiful.com

The website – recently featured in the Netflix series Sex Education – celebrates diversity and combats shame.

Pharmacare & Contraception

If you receive disability benefits in British Columbia, you’re usually eligible for a free hormonal IUD through Pharmacare.

VictimLink BC

24/7 free, confidential support for victims of crimes across B.C. and the Yukon.

On the Loose

A print-based resource for folks living on their own for the first time.

Is That Legal?

A print-based, plain-language resource about online sexual harassment and your legal rights.

Women Against Violence Against Women

Support for women, trans, two-spirit, and nonbinary folks who have experienced violence.

BC Association for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BCSMSSA)

Support for males who have been sexually abused at some time in their lives.

Chronically Queer

A group for LGBTQIA2S+ people living with chronic health conditions and/or disabilities.

abOUT Group

Facebook-based friendship & support group for LGBTQIA2S+ folks labelled with intellectual disabilities.

Qmunity

Greater Vancouver’s queer, trans, and Two-Spirit community centre.

Health Initiative for Men

Vancouver area group for gay, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit and queer men.

Transcare BC

Care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across the province.

The Advocate – Ahmed’s Story

In this issue, Ahmed advocates for his brother.

News

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